Before the 19th century, how many people were needed to make pipe organ play?

one
at least two
four
seven
Playing the organ before elec­tric­i­ty required at least one person (called calcant) to operate the bellows. There­fore, or­gan­ists rarely prac­ticed on the pipe organs, using other in­stru­ments such as the clavi­chord for practice instead.

Answers distribution

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at least two
four
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flagCzech Republic
14%
78%
7%
0%
14
flagFrance
12%
72%
16%
0%
25
flagItaly
15%
70%
0%
15%
20
flagSweden
7%
69%
23%
0%
13
flagLithuania
15%
69%
7%
0%
13
flagRepublic of Ireland
7%
68%
15%
7%
38
flagthe Netherlands
21%
68%
9%
0%
32
flagNorway
18%
68%
9%
4%
22
flagthe United States
7%
66%
18%
7%
195
flagCanada
10%
65%
13%
6%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
13%
64%
16%
5%
216
flagPoland
17%
63%
13%
4%
10358
flagGermany
13%
63%
19%
4%
115
flagSpain
30%
60%
0%
0%
10
flagUkraine
0%
60%
40%
0%
10
flagUnknown
24%
54%
15%
4%
184
flagIndia
5%
41%
11%
41%
17
flagAustria
18%
36%
36%
9%
11

Gender

men64%
women60%
one
16%
16%
at least two
64%
60%
four
13%
18%
seven
5%
5%

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